I posted a review of this blend over on my blog. I've had Teacher's many times throughout my adult life and I've always enjoyed it as a casual drink to which I don't have to pay much attention. I recently bought a bottle of Teacher's to leave at my in-laws' because I'm tired of carrying whisky back and forth from their place (side note: I also keep a bottle of Bulleit bourbon there). Over the course of the last month or so, I've been paying more attention to Teacher's when I drink it.
- Nose (undiluted): a big hit of honey, pears, light peat and smoke, grain
- Palate (undiluted): medium-bodied, sweet honey arrival, vanilla, toffee, red apples and some peat and smoke
- Finish: medium length, peat and smoke coming to the forefront, some black Pepper and some grain (oatmeal) lingering.
Adding water increases the fruitiness, especially adding peach notes. I didn't like adding water at first, but I've grown to enjoy it. I think this blend is quite enjoyable. It has more character than most. I even enjoyed it more than some single malts I've had (cough-Auchentoshan 12-cough)